i noticed the president said, look, the american people knew what was at stake, and they voted. he made that point twice. he drove it home. >> eliot: he is framing the election precisely as a referendum on the bush tax cut saying this is what the voter was thinking about. you know who won. we are not moving to the republican party. he's saying, guys, you have a bill in front of you that will save the tax cuts for the middle income, act on it. >> i don't know how much this came across. i was in the room, i didn't watch it on television. if there was any doubt who was in charge, at the end of the news conference. he said he was taking ten questions, this was the last one. then the reporter of msnbc called out a question. he got a booing voice but the president listened very politely and said, if you think i'm going to answer your question because you shouted it out you're wrong and he walked out.